With the much-anticipated 2016 Olympic Games well underway all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Those who were lucky enough to score tickets to the games and are looking for ways to make the most of their time in South America should look no further. Viator have put together the top five tours to make the most of your post-game sightseeing around Brazil, Argentina and Iguassu Falls National Park.
Exclusive to Viator, the Early Access to Christ Redeemer with optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour allows you to beat the crowds and visit Christ the Redeemer for 30 minutes with a tour guide early in the morning. You can opt to upgrade your experience and hop on the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and capture panoramic views from the city’s highest point as the sun rises. AUD$104.98 per person.
The Iguassu Falls Panoramic Helicopter Flight gives passengers the chance to soar above the magnificent falls and get an exclusive bird’s eye view of waterfalls and the surrounding rainforest for 10 minutes. Seated in a state of the art helicopter you will also enjoy pilot commentary and have the chance to take optimal photos while hovering over the 275 different waterfalls in the area. AUD $288.00 per person.
If a 10 minute flight isn’t enough to explore the waterfalls and rainforest from the sky, go on the Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of the Argentinian and Brazillian Sides of Igassu Falls from Puerto Iguazu to explore by foot. Each country has a separate national park that boasts hiking trails, attractions and viewpoints like Devils Throat, Bossetti and San Martin. AUD $55.82.
For those non-adventure-seeking, the Buenos Aires Dining Experience is the perfect way to fill 3 and a half hours with interactive culinary experiences. Suit up in an apron and chef hat and then learn how to make traditional Argentine empanadas using different ‘repulga’ techniques. Then, sit down for dinner consisting of food sources from all four corners of Argentina before finishing by learning how to make your own ‘mate’, a traditional tea its own ritual, etiquette and history. AUD$118.27.
Finally, fly 520m above the city on Viator’s Tandem Paragliding tour in Rio de Janeiro; the picture-perfect way to send off South America. Take off from Pedra Bonita flight ramp in the Tijuca National Park and land at Pepino Beach in Sao Conrado; you’ll glide over the shimmering coastline and granite peaks while absorbing views of the beaches, mountains and city. The experienced instructors have extensive knowledge of the area and will make your experience safe and enjoyable. AUD$401.25.